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In this presentation at the Kansas City Public Library, Antonya Nelson talks about her recent novel, Bound, and her short story collection, Funny Once.


One Blackbird at a Time

by Wendy Barker

Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry

Selected by Alice Friman


Winners, finalists, and judges for the 2015 New Letters Literary Awards: Click arrow below for details.  

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Kansas City Literary Events

Melanie Benjamin

Kansas City, Mo.
Thursday, February 11, 2016

St. Valentine's Day Massacre Poetry Open Mic

Kansas City, Mo.
Friday, February 12, 2016

Arts in Prison

Overland Park, Kan.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016


New Letters selected for The Best American Poetry

We are happy to announce that a poem from New Letters, “Lament,” by Debra Marquart, has been selected for The Best American Poetry 2016 by editor Edward Hirsch. 

Poet Rodney Jones Coming to Kansas City’s Midwest Poets Series, Feb. 4, 2016

Midwest Poets Series presents Rodney Jones, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award and National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, held in Arrupe Auditorium, Rockhurst University, 54th Street and Troost, Kansas City, Mo. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Reading begins at 7:00 p.m.


Celebrate Baseball: A New Letters Special Issue

This isssue includes an interview with Buck O'Neil and writing by Ted Kooser and Dan Quisenberry + others.